Friday, October 28, 2005 Edition: #3147
We’ve Gone Bullistic!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
SATURDAY & Sunday the first-ever “Vegoose Festival” in Las Vegas will be headlined by Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson & Widespread Panic . . . Seattle law firm Hendricks & Lewis has filed suit against Courtney Love, claiming she owes them over $340,000 in fees for work performed over the past 5 years . . . “Survivor” creator/producer Mark Burnett says he expects the show’s host, Jeff Probst, will leave after next season and he’s considering former contestants to fill his shoes . . . Actress Jennifer Aniston is reportedly house-hunting in Chicago so she can be near her rumored boyfriend, actor Vince Vaughn . . . Meanwhile, a report in “Life & Style Weekly” claims Jen’s ex-, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie are planning a Thanksgiving wedding for NOVEMBER 24th . . . Opera Ireland’s upcoming production is in jeopardy, after customs officers seized $1-million-worth of cocaine from a truck delivering sets & costumes to the company in Dublin . . . For the taping of the Halloween episode of “The Tyra Banks Show”, Banks dressed up as Paris Hilton, but was forced to pop a Claritin before the show because she’s allergic to dogs – including the Chihuahua she used as part of her get-up . . . Author Timothy O’Brien’s new unauthorized biography of Donald Trump claims The Donald is not a billionaire and actually had to borrow money from his siblings to stay afloat, and also that he once had an affair with boxer Mike Tyson’s ex-wife, actress Robin Givens (Trump, of course, is denying everything) . . . And music mogul Jay-Z has been scouting out a high-rise apartment in the new Time Warner Center, a $15 million-plus, 4-bedroom penthouse which reportedly features a view across Central Park – of gal-pal Beyoncé’s NYC pad.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Aerosmith – SUNDAY they launch their “Rocking the Joint” North American arena tour in Uncasville CT. Lenny Kravitz is also on the bill.
• Brandy – She’s ended her 15-month engagement to NY Knicks player Quentin Richardson. The NBA star proposed in July 2004 with a million-dollar engagement ring.
• David Gray – TODAY “The One I Love” singer does both the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Late Show With David Letterman”.
• Garth Brooks – He’ll perform a tribute to his late friend Chris LeDoux at the upcoming “CMA Awards”, NOVEMBER 15th in NYC.
• Janet Jackson – She’s denied claims made by her former brother-in-law that she has a secret teenage daughter named Renée. But then, for years she denied that she was ever married.
• Poison – Guitarist CC DeVille (Bruce Johannesson) has been sentenced to 80 days in jail, 5 years probation, and a $1,000 fine after pleading no contest to DUI in LA.
• Rod Stewart – His pregnant fiancée Penny Lancaster has revealed they’ll call their baby Jimmy or Charlie if it’s a boy, Isabella or Amelia if it’s a girl. She’s due in DECEMBER.
• Rolling Stones – “Rarities: 1971-2003″, a compilation of remixes, B-sides and hard-to-find live recordings, will be released in Starbucks and other retail outlets in the US & Canada NOVEMBER 22nd.
• Shaggy – TONIGHT he’s on “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”.
• Sheryl Crow – SATURDAY she’s on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live” along with her retired cyclist boyfriend Lance Armstrong.
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Legend of Zorro” ( PG Western Adventure ): Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California’s pending statehood causes the adventure-loving ‘Alejandro de la Vega’ (Antonio Banderas) and his wife ‘Elena’ (Catherine Zeta-Jones) to take action. This sequel to the 1998 film was originally titled “The Mask Of Zorro 2″, then “Zorro Unmasked”, then “Zorro 2″, then “The Return Of Zorro”, before settling on the final title. BTW ‘Zorro’ means ‘fox’ in Spanish.
• “Prime” ( PG-13 Romantic Comedy ): A career-driven professional from NYC’s Upper East Side (Uma Thurman) is wooed by a young painter from Brooklyn (Bryan Greenberg), who also just happens to be the son of her psychoanalyst (Meryl Streep). Just 2 weeks before shooting began, Uma Thurman stepped in to replace Sandra Bullock who quit when she couldn’t get the script changes she was demanding.
• “Saw II” ( R-Rated Horror Thriller ): Serial killer ‘Jigsaw’ is back, only this time instead of locking up 2 people in a room, he’s got 8 victims. They’re all complete strangers and must play a disturbing game to determine who, if anyone, survives. Donnie Wahlberg is the only semi-name in the cast. And … oh yes, there WILL be blood.
• “The Weather Man” ( R-Rated Quirky Comedy ): Nicolas Cage plays a weather man who gets a shot at the big time in NYC, but that costs him his wife and family. To get his life back in order he turns to his father (Michael Caine) who advises, “When a problem comes along you must whip it … whip it good!”
TOO STUPID FOR US TO MAKE UP:
• The city of Rome, Italy has banned goldfish bowls, which animal rights activists say are cruel, and has also made regular dog-walks mandatory. Both regulations are additions to a 2004 law that threatens big fines and jail terms for people who mistreat pets.
• A new hi-tech milking device developed in the Netherlands allows cows to choose when they want to be milked. The ‘Automated Milking Booth’ lures cows with perks such as hair-brushing and a choice of hot or cold water. Supporters of the system say it shows ‘respect’ to cows by allowing them to set their own agenda.
• 39-year-old Japanese artist Tomoko Takahashi, who uses the stage-name ‘Anti-Cool’, has been paid close to $9,000 of taxpayers’ money for a ‘performance’ in which she drank 48 bottles of beer and then fell off a balance beam at an arts center in Cardiff, Wales. She claims the artwork ‘comments on the availability and use of mass-produced products’.
KIDS & COLORS:
Scientists have found that children as young as 4-months-old have favorite colors which are most often red and/or blue. In general, babies prefer bright colors over dark hues. Researchers speculate that may be one reason kids have an aversion to green vegetables – the color is a big turn-off for them. (Naw, it’s the taste … ever tried a lima bean?)
– ANI Science & Health
TIME FOR A CHANGE:
SUNDAY we return to “Standard Time” in North America. “Daylight Saving Time” was instituted during WWI to conserve fuel. It has nothing to do with farmers as is commonly believed. Experts say about 20% of us notice significant changes in mood as seasons change, accentuated by the switch from “Daylight Saving Time”. What used to be called ‘winter blues’ is now ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ or ‘SAD’. (Drivers: Don’t forget to adjust your hands to the 9 and 1 o’clock positions on your steering wheel until Spring.)
FOR THE RECORD:
SATURDAY London UK nightclub Umbaba will begin serving the ‘World’s Most Expensive Cocktail’ at its “Voodoo Halloween” party. The ‘Magie Noir’ cocktail features a shot of aged Hennessy cognac, Dom Perignon champagne, a dash of Crème de Mure, fresh lemon grass, lychees, and extract of yohimbe bark – for just under $600. The current record is held by the Ritz Hotel in Paris for the ‘Ritz Sidecar’ – a comparative bargain at a little over $300.
– Ananova News
PAIN IN THE FACE:
According to a new study published in the journal “Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery”, women have twice the number of nerve fibers per square cm of facial skin than men – 34, compared to just 17. Dr Brandon Wilhelmi of Southern Illinois University says that suggests that women really do suffer more pain than men.
THE DA VINCI SUIT:
The authors of a 1982 non-fiction book called “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” have filed a lawsuit in England against the publisher of the wildly successful novel “The Da Vinci Code”, which has sold 29 million copies and is being turned into a movie starring Tom Hanks. Richard Leigh & Michael Baigent are claiming that author Dan Brown relied on their research to write his best-seller, and although Brown credited “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” in his novel, they’re claiming ‘infringement of their ideas’. Are they just trying to cash in on Brown’s success? Perhaps, but the outcome of the case may affect the release of the movie, scheduled for next MAY.
– “Daily Telegraph”
THE BULL SHEET 10.28.2K5
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1945  Wayne Fontana (Glyn Ellis), Manchester UK, oldies singer (Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders-“A Groovy Kind of Love”, “Game of Love”)
1955  Bill (William Henry III) Gates, Seattle WA, Microsoft mogul/world’s wealthiest human (estimated net worth circa $51 billion) FACTOID: When Microsoft stock peaked in 1999 he was worth about $90 billion, meaning he’s also LOST more money than anyone in history.
1967  Julia Roberts, Smyrna GA, movie star (“Oscar-Erin Brockovich”)/mom to year-old twins Hazel & Phinneaus
1972  Brad Paisley, Glen Dale WV, country singer (“When I Get Where I’m Going”)
1974  Joaquin Phoenix, San Juan PR, movie actor (“Walk the Line”)
SATURDAY’S BIRTHDAYS . . .
Oldies guitarist Denny Laine (Wings/Moody Blues) is 61; Movie actor Richard Dreyfuss (“The Goodbye Girl”) is 58; Pop musician Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 40; Movie actress Winona Ryder (“Girl Interrupted”) is 34.
SUNDAY’S BIRTHDAYS . . .
NFL head coach Dick Vermeil (Kansas City Chiefs) is 69; Classic rocker Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) is 66; Oldies singer Otis Williams (Temptations) is 64; Former TV actor Henry Winkler (“Happy Days”) is 60; Rocker Gavin Rossdale (Mr Gwen Stefani) is 38; Singer/rapper Snow (Darren O’Brien) is 36; Country singer Kassidy Osborn (SheDAISY) is 29; TV actor Tequan Richmond (“Everybody Hates Chris”) is 13.
BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
TODAY is –
• “Bring Your Jack-o-Lantern to Work Day”, a day to show the boss what a punkin’ head you really are.
• “Chocolate Day@. North Americans collectively eat over 100 lbs of chocolate … every second!
• “Statue of Liberty Day@ in America, honoring the day in 1886 when the Statue of Liberty was dedicated. The statue was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and was a gift to the US from France.
• “World’s Wristwrestling Championships” in Reno NV through SUNDAY. The 54th annual competition features some 500 wrists competing for over $12,000 in cash & prizes.
SATURDAY is –
• “Basketball Coaches Day”, honoring those dedicated people who teach us to dribble & shoot.
• “Hermit Day”, a salute to the solitary lifestyle … whether or not you planned on living it.
• “International Internet Day”, observing the 36th anniversary of the 1st connection on what would become the ‘Internet’. On October 29, 1969 bits of data flowed between computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute. Within a year, 10 sites were connected and there were soon several applications, such as e-mail.
• “Kingston Cup”, the 21st annual showdown between Scrabble clubs from Toronto and Montréal takes place halfway between the 2 cities – Kingston ON – through SUNDAY. Montréal leads the series (11-10) and is favored again, thanks to having 2 world champion players.
• “Laugh a Lot Suddenly For No Reason Day” … just before they lock you up in a padded room.
SUNDAY is –
• “Bodybuilders’ Day”, celebrating the 1893 birth of Charles Atlas (Angelo Siciliano) in Acri, Italy. Yes, a bully actually did kick sand in the former 97-lb weakling’s face and steal his girlfriend, leading him to develop a wildly popular mail-order body building course.
• “Buy a Doughnut Day” … ‘cause you’re looking entirely too svelte.
• “Candy Corn Day”, celebrating the traditional Halloween candy that resembles corn kernels and can’t be resisted until you’ve finished off the entire 2-lb bag.
• “Devil’s Night” or “Mischief Night,” traditionally a night of pranks before Halloween.
• “Standard Time” returns officially at 2 am. Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour (remember: ‘Spring forward, Fall back’). Hey, it’s a long weekend!
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1971  John Lennon & Yoko Ono record “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” in NYC
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1904  1st use of >Fingerprints= in a police investigation (St Louis MO)
1954  1st >Automatic Toll Collectors= (1st driver tries to sneak through by tossing in a penny)
COMING UP . . .
[Mon] Magic Day
[Mon] Increase Your Psychic Powers Day
[Mon] UNICEF Day
[Tues] Vegan World Day
[Tues] “Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” out on DVD
This Week Is . . . Canadian Healthy Workplace Week (http://www.healthyworkplaceweek.ca) / Save Your Back Week
This Month Is . . . Family Sexuality Education Month (that’s just not right)
BULL’S BITS . . .
BS SIGNS YOU WORK WITH A WEREWOLF:
• Coughs up a hairball during morning staff meeting.
• Newly-installed keg of Nair in men’s room.
• ‘5 o’clock shadow’ appears around 8:30 am.
• Says, “Great job on the Harrison account!”, then humps your leg.
• In lieu of an annual bonus, prefers a good scratch behind the ears.
• Suddenly sports a beard when mooned at office party.
• Has more hair on his back than you’ve got on your head.
• Only ‘guy’ at work who circles several days a month in red on his desk calendar.
Q: Which is the only major industrialized nation that does NOT adhere to Daylight Saving Time?
– Agence France-Presse
BS ‘BREAKFAST BINGO’:
Contestant gets 60 seconds to answer 5 questions about breakfast foods. The answers begin with the letters B-I-N-G-O in that order …
• This is what you shove in the toaster to make toast. [Bread]
• Ask any kid and they’ll tell you this is the best part of a Pop Tart. [Icing]
• This product’s slogan is ‘The World’s Favorite Coffee’. [Nescafé]
• It’s the fruit that sometimes squirts you in the eye when you cut it. [Grapefruit]
• One brand of this hot cereal features a picture of a Quaker in a big hat. [Oatmeal]
BS BLATANT JOKE:
• That’s just further proof that your entire life you’ve been meandering to a different drummer.
• My reality check just bounced.
• She’s so rich she has a bumper sticker that says, “My other car is also a Mercedes.”
BS HALLOWEEN TRIVIA:
• This popular Halloween game started as a way of determining your future spouse. [Bobbing for Apples.]
• On October 30th, 1938 Orson Welles’s radio version of “War of the Worlds” caused panic when listeners believed a simulated news bulletin announcing a Martian invasion of New Jersey. What was the name of the acting troupe that proved to be so convincing? [The Mercury Players.]
• If you suffer from samhainophobia (SOW’-an-o-foh-bee-uh), what do you fear? [Halloween]
• ‘Halloween’ or ‘All Hallow’s Eve’ is the night before what Christian observance. [Well duh – ‘All Hallow’s Day’, more commonly known as ‘All Saints Day’.]
• Instead of pumpkins, what did the Irish originally carve into faces for Halloween? [Turnips]
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: When THIS document is signed, 7 out of 10 times it’s by a woman.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: A personal cheque.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Never run after buses or women … you’ll always get left behind.